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mHealth and Medication Management

Is Convenience a Problem for Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Programs?

October 2, 2018 - Healthcare providers treating people with respiratory tract infections through a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform tend to speed up the visit by prescribing antibiotics, according to two studies. And those providers are also getting better reviews. These results come from an analysis of more than 13,400 virtual care visits on American Well’s connected care platform by...


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Telehealth Provider Joins Global Effort to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is joining a global effort to reduce antibiotic resistance. California-based Doctor On Demand is pledging to reduce antibiotic prescription rates for acute upper respiratory...

VA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform linking two small VA hospitals with infectious disease experts has helped staff at those hospitals improve their antibiotic stewardship. The pilot program, detailed this month in Infection Control and Hospital...

mHealth, Connected Care Help Doctors Address Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is getting a $1 million federal grant to expand ongoing research into the use of the emocha mHealth app for medication adherence and care management for people living with tuberculosis. In...

Geisinger mHealth Apps Target Care Coordination, Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

The Geisinger Health System has developed two mHealth apps designed to tap into EHR data to improve care management and medication adherence. Working with Merck, the Pennsylvania-based health system has unveiled the My Family Caregiver...

Anthem Launches mHealth Program in Ohio for COPD Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Anthem is launching an mHealth program in Ohio that will use a remote patient monitoring platform to improve care management for members living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio...

FDA Approves Implantable mHealth Sensor for Diabetes Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have given the green light to an implantable mHealth device designed to help people with diabetes and their caregivers remotely monitor blood glucose levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the...

mHealth Programs Look For Clinical Value to Medical Marijuana

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth to study whether medical marijuana can produce positive clinical outcomes. Up until now, much of the mobile health activity in this controversial field has focused on mHealth apps and tools that...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds...

mHealth Program Uses Smartphones to Monitor Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform in which patients use their smartphones to record themselves taking prescribed medications could boost adherence rates and save public health programs hundreds of thousands of dollars, according a researchers at Johns...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and...

Researchers Focus on mHealth Applications for Smart Contact Lenses

by Eric Wicklund

The latest application of mHealth for medication management and adherence comes from Boston, where a team of Harvard Medical School researchers has created smart-enabled contact lenses that can deliver times medications to the eyes. The...

Using Telehealth to Help Patients With Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems in Massachusetts and North Carolina are launching remote patient monitoring programs to determine whether a telehealth approach to medication adherence can improve health outcomes and reduce ER visits and hospitalizations in...

Humana Unveils mHealth App for Medication Management, Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Humana is launching an mHealth app designed to give its members and their healthcare providers a mobile tool for medication management and adherence. Available in Apple’s App Store and Google Play as well as on the payer’s...

FDA OKs First Ingestible mHealth Sensor for Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved the first digestible digital therapeutic, a pill with embedded sensors and an mHealth patch designed to help with medication adherence. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval late Monday...

mHealth Closes The Gaps in Medication Adherence During a Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

When Hurricane Harvey battered Houston this past August, public health officials turned to mHealth to make sure patients undergoing treatment for tuberculosis were staying up to date on medication adherence. With roads flooded, health...

Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use?

by Eric Wicklund

President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement this week to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse could thrust telemedicine and mHealth into the spotlight. If and when it happens, the declaration would “enable the...

Telepharmacy Reduces Rural Care Disparities for Diabetics

by Thomas Beaton

Telepharmacy, or the practice of using telemedicine to help patients administer their medications, helped diabetics in rural care settings significantly reduce weight, glycated hemoglobin (A1c) measures, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9,...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

by Eric Wicklund

A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their...

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